Investigation in the murder of Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Auditor Ramesh in Salem (July 19) and Hindu Munnani State secretary Vellaiyappan in Vellore (July 1) has slowed down, BJP national executive committee member L. Ganesan said on Tuesday. Leaders of Hindu groups have sought an appointment with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to explain certain developments in the cases, he said

Leaders of Hindu organisations were systematically targeted and murdered in recent years and the incidents could not be termed as breakdown of law and order machinery. “This trend has to be stopped…it has been there in both the governments (DMK and AIADMK). The police have evidence to prove the involvement of religious fundamentalists in both the murders.

The pace in investigation has slowed down…we have sought an appointment to meet Ms. Jayalalithaa and there is no response yet. We don’t understand what is happening,” he told reporters here.

Referring to the statement of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde that no innocent Muslim should be wrongly detained, Mr. Ganesan said the Congress was pursuing an agenda to appease minorities.

The BJP leader said he felt “extremely sorry” for Tamils in Sri Lanka as the newly elected government in the Northern Province was reduced to a municipality.